|Sometimes you discover something amazing purely by accident. When we were first working on the recipe for the Amère Nouvelle, we had a bit of a slip up on one of our early prototypes. Basically, due to a dropped decimal point, we put in ten times too much cinnamon. The interesting thing was that it worked. It wasn’t a bitter orange and gentian liqueur like the Amère Nouvelle was designed to be, but it was pretty darned good. We thought that it would work well in winter cocktails or mulled wine applications and started toying with the name “Hiver Amer” – The Winter Bitter.
However, it was when the Tiki bartenders started to play with the Hiver Amer that we saw the power of this great mistake. It had many of the qualities of a cinnamon bark syrup but more bitter complexity and less sugar… and combined with our Citron Sauvage, it made a particularly interesting Don’s Mix style liqueur.
Contains cane sugar and quinine
Autumn in Manhattan
Avery Glasser for Amor y Amargo, NYC
1 oz Louis Royer Force 53 VSOP Cognac
Stir and serve up in a rocks glass or coupe. Orange twist optional.
Dean Hurst for SideBern’s, Tampa, FL
2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
Combine ingredients with ice and shake. Strain mixture into a tall glass with fresh ice. Garnish with an apple slice.